Clars’ May 15-16 sale is largest, most important in firm’s 60-year history

"Moonrise over the Mojave" by Maynard Dixon (Californian,  1875-1946) exemplifies his mastery of the expanse and drama of the Southwest landscape (Estimate: $150,000 to $250,000).

"Moonrise over the Mojave" by Maynard Dixon (Californian, 1875-1946) exemplifies his mastery of the expanse and drama of the Southwest landscape (Estimate: $150,000 to $250,000).

OAKLAND, Calif. – Art and antiques spanning 400 years from four major estates and other important consignors will comprise what is anticipated to be Clars’ largest and most important sale in their more than 60-year history. Property valued at several million dollars has been consigned for their May 15-16, 2010 Fine Estates Auction, including important 17th and 18th century furnishings and art from both contemporary artists and Old Masters. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Clars will be representing the Lane & Jenkins Trust of San Francisco, the Frank Hinman Estate of San Francisco, the Dr. Sydney Widrow Estate of Hawaii and Carmel (Calif.); and the Dr. Lawrence Loftus Estate, also of Carmel. The contents of these four estates will offer collectors and buyers the opportunity to own the finest in antique furniture, fine and decorative art; and jewelry.

Anticipated to be the key lot in the furniture category is a circa-1650 Charles II small Oyster-style walnut inlaid chest from the Widrow Estate (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000) followed by a circa-1730 George II walnut veneered chest on chest. (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000)

Other important furniture offerings will include a J & JW Meeks “Hawkins” pattern armchair, studio furniture from George Nakashima and Wharton Esherick; and an outstanding Regency inlaid breakfast table.

Among the exceptional decorative works will be a stunning chandelier, possibly Baccarat (estimate: $4,000 to $6,000) and a circa 1900 Persian Kermanshah which measures 14 feet by 9 feet (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). A monumental Dirk Van Erp Studios vase will be offered, as well as a 1799 George III celestial floor standing globe estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.

Of historical importance are a signed Abraham Lincoln presidential appointment (estimate $3,000 to $5,000) and a California gold quartz presentation walking stick presented to a Dr. M. Heinimann by a Chas. L. Wilhelm in San Francisco on Sept 29, 1862. This lot is estimated to bring $5,000 to $7,000.

The four estates to be represented at this sale bring to the market an exceptional offering of art, both contemporary and

A look at the contemporary art to be offered finds important works by Gordon Onslow Ford, Gerome Kamrowski and Enrico Donati. Coming from abstract expressionist Enrico Donati (New York, 1909-2008) will be his mixed media on canvas “Eclipse Annee 2000” estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. There will be several works from American Surrealist Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004), among them a framed acrylic on canvas titled “Female Insect (Rose Scarab),” estimated at $50,000 to $70,000. Estimated to realize $80,000 to $120,000 will be “O Natura,” an unframed acrylic on canvas from Gordon Onslow Ford (Californian, 1912-2003). The contemporary category will also include original prints by Roberto Matta, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.

Coming from the Widrow Estate will be a framed silver gelatin photograph by Ansel Easton Adams (Californian, 1902-1984) titled “Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite,” estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. This particular photograph is also being featured in the traveling exhibition of his work – Ansel Adams, Early Work. The sale will also feature photographs by Jock Sturges, Edward Steichen, Weegee and other fine photographers.

The classic fine art category will include everything from Old Masters to the finest American and California painters. Among the numerous important works to be offered is a framed oil on canvas triptych by Karl Schmidt (Californian, 1890-1962), showing a stream running past a grove of trees with their leaves shifting to autumn colors (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000). “Sunday Boating,” a framed oil on canvas by James Weeks (Californian, 1922-1998), a scene of a group sailing on the San Francisco Bay, is executed in rich tones of blue (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000). “Moonrise over the Mojave” by Maynard Dixon (Californian, 1875-1946) exemplifies his mastery of Southwestern landscapes, capturing the expanse and drama of an evening desert (estimate: $150,000 to $250,000).

In addition, the beautiful framed watercolor, “Field of Bluebonnets” by Percy Gray (Californian, 1869-1952) will be offered (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000), as well as “Moonlight—Santa Fe, New Mexico” by Will Sparks (Californian, 1862-1937), showing several small adobe homes under a starry sky (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000).

Another of the many highlights of the classic art category will be a framed porcelain plaque, “The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael” by Adriaen ven der Werff (Dutch, 1659-1722), marked Royal Vienna, as well as “Arc de Triomphe” by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988) estimated at $7,000 to $9,000.

Asian antiques and art always perform well at Clars, and this sale will feature a set of four ink and paper hanging scrolls of an abstract landscape attributed to Liu Kuo-sung/Lui Guosong (Chinese, b. 1932). This work is estimated to bring $10,000 to $15,000.

Clars sales traditionally conclude with fine jewelry. This sale will be over the top with the premier lot being a diamond ring mounted in platinum, center set with one round brilliant cut diamond weighing 9 carats (GIA stated M color and SI1 clarity) surrounded by 52 round diamonds weighing 1.10 carats. (estimate $90,000 to $120,000)

Clars Auction Gallery’s May Fine Art and Antiques Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, 2010. Approximately 2,000 lots in total will be offered over the course of this two-day event.

For additional information on any lot in the auction, call tollfree: 888-339-7600 or email info@clars.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Coming from abstract expressionist Enrico Donati (New York, 1909-2008) will be this mixed media on canvas "Eclipse Annee 2000" estimated to bring $40,000 to $60,000.

Coming from abstract expressionist Enrico Donati (New York, 1909-2008) will be this mixed media on canvas "Eclipse Annee 2000" estimated to bring $40,000 to $60,000.


This framed acrylic on canvas American Surrealist Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004) entitled "Female Insect (Rose Scarab)," is estimated at $50,000 to $70,000.

This framed acrylic on canvas American Surrealist Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004) entitled "Female Insect (Rose Scarab)," is estimated at $50,000 to $70,000.


Estimated to realize $80,000 to $120,000, will be "O Natura," an unframed acrylic on canvas from Gordon Onslow Ford (Californian, 1912-2003).

Estimated to realize $80,000 to $120,000, will be "O Natura," an unframed acrylic on canvas from Gordon Onslow Ford (Californian, 1912-2003).


This framed silver gelatin photograph by Ansel Easton Adams (California,  1902-1984) entitled "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite is expected to earn $50,000 to $70,000.

This framed silver gelatin photograph by Ansel Easton Adams (California, 1902-1984) entitled "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite is expected to earn $50,000 to $70,000.